Expertly Designed Permanent Eyeliner Services
Make Your Beauty Routine Easier
In 2018, Arden Gate Studio’s Courtney Durham traveled to study with one of the best eyeliner trainers in the world, famed Russian cosmetic tattoo artist Kristina Melnicenco. Courtney has since become one of her proteges and was invited to demonstrate her eyeliner skills at an international conference. She is one of the most sought-after eyeliner artists in the USA and offers 5 types of eyeliner
Prepare for your appointment
For all permanent makeup clients, please stay well-hydrated prior to the appointment! This is very important bc hydration will affect the skin’s ability to accept ink more than anything.
The following list contains helpful do’s and do not’s in the days and weeks prior to your service.
- Avoid heavy makeup and eye creams in the week leading up to the tattoo
- Remove lash extensions (non-negotiable as it creates a very high risk for corneal abrasions)
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners)
- Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume caffeine before your procedure
- Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions
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What to Expect During your Eyeliner Service
When you first arrive at the shop, you will have a sheet of paperwork to fill out. Once that is finished, Courtney will ask if you have any inspirational photos (preferably from the Arden Gate Studio Instagram). Pictures will then be taken, followed by a very thorough sanitizing and pre-draw (no pre-draw needed for lash enhancement eyeliner), followed by numbing for 20 minutes.
Then the tattoo portion begins. She lightly traces the approved drawn shape with the needle and ink, adding a tiny bit of anesthetic as she goes, then does a quick, gentle full pass to check the comfort level of the client. If the client is comfortable, she tattoos more but if there’s some pokiness, more anesthetic is added.
The actual tattoo portion for lash enhancement eyeliner is typically 15-25 minutes. Classic eyeliner and eyeshadow eyeliner usually take 45-60 minutes and lower liner typically takes 8-12 minutes.
Once the tattoo is finished, she will go over aftercare directions (a link to the aftercare will be provided) and take pictures. A 6-8 week eyeliner touchup needs to be booked, where any patchiness, shape or color issues can be addressed.
What to Expect During the Healing Process
Day 1) Eyelids are red, sensitive, swollen and possibly lopsided due to uneven swelling.
Day 2-5) swelling may be present but diminishing. Tattooed area will get dry and may flake.
Day 10) Eyeliner is lighter than when initially done. Will be charcoal in colour.
Day 30) Eyeliner has darkened up and is now black.
Day 1) Wash your eyes at night using mild soap and warm water.
Day 2) Wash your eyes in the morning using mild soap and water.
After you’ve washed the lymph away the second time you just leave them alone.
An aftercare stick will be provided for any eyeliner besides lash enhancement and can be applied if the tattoo feels especially tight, dry, or itchy.
Things to Avoid
- Eye makeup and Mascara for 10 days
- Do not rub your eyes
- Eyedrops (unless medically prescribed)
- Wearing contacts for 3 days post
- Lash growth serums in the 30 days (at LEAST) surrounding your appointment.
- Hot showers, saunas, or hot tubs
- Heavy sweating
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